Demise Of Facebook Newsfeed

You and I won't need to tolerate Facebook's privacy woes much longer. Recent news about The Social Network trying to change its stripes expresses what's been a long time in coming: the end of the Newsfeed era. Keep in mind, headlines are meant to be catchy or sensational. Something like, "The Death of Facebook" is... Continue Reading →

Let Facebook Age Out

Facebook is ubiquitous. If you need to find someone, chances are they're on Facebook. And most people are so hooked on it that they'd never delete their account. Would you? If not, can we keep the next generation off it? I think that's a key part of ending Facebook's ubiquity. This Gen OnCurrent generations (Boomers,... Continue Reading →

Blogs Back In Style

Being a blogger, I really like the open and independent web. So when I read a recent article that mentioned old-school blogs coming back in vogue, I was stoked! Beyond that, though, we’ve grown ever more aware of the problems with centralizing the internet. Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all... Continue Reading →

Being An Introvert On Twitter

This year has seen a lot of bad news concerning Facebook and online privacy. The drum beat of anti-social media has grown louder. You'd think scrolling a newsfeed is like smoking cigarettes. Perish the thoughtcrime! On some level I think that's an apt description. Like maybe Brave New World is coming true. Or 1984. Or... Continue Reading →

The Web Itself Is The Social Network

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about social media versus the blogosphere. To help distinguish them, the term social network is synonymous with social media, whereas I refer to the blogosphere as 'online networking'. But today I discovered something that clarifies and simplifies this latter term. Online networking is simply...the internet! I kind of knew... Continue Reading →

A Tech Hero Quits Facebook

Venerable tech veteran Walt Mossberg announced he's quitting Facebook after 12 years of socializing there. But does this news really matter? First, I applaud Mossberg's decision. More power to him. He's doing what he thinks is best. And frankly, my opinion is that we should all probably quit Facebook. More on that later. That said,... Continue Reading →

The Blogosphere Can Thrive

One of my favorite blogs is Study Hacks by Cal Newport. After reading his latest post, "On Blogs in the Social Media Age," I was sparked. He makes an interesting distinction between the blogosphere and social media today. The Blogosphere Survives Newport's blog post title itself is noteworthy. Blogs do still exist in the social... Continue Reading →

Thoughts On Social Media

Some of my thoughts lately have dwelled on Social Media like Facebook. I often re-think my personal use of it, and I also ponder general ideas about the pros and cons of social networks in our culture. These kinds of thoughts are also prevalent in the news and other publications, which fuel my thoughts more.... Continue Reading →

Why I Quit Facebook

I quit Facebook. I chose the nuke from orbit option: deletion instead of deactivation. The recent Cambridge Analytica data exploit was the catalyst for my decision. But I had been wary of Facebook before and was already detaching from it. Over my 9 years of friending, liking, and sharing, Facebook has been a mixed bag.... Continue Reading →

Celebrating The Blog

The Jason Journals blog survived its first year, so now it's time to review the past, preview the future, and do an overview of blogging in between. Why did I start this blog and why keep it going? Because...blogging! I published my first post on March 31, 2017. And a few months later, my blog... Continue Reading →

The Matrix Of Social Media

Billions of people are going about their lives every day, oblivious to the truth: just like The Matrix, Social Media has them. We live in an online world of mindless scrolling, hooked on 'likes'. Impulsively, we go to Facebook or Instagram to check our notifications. The 'feeds' beckon our minds to...keep checking--but for what? It... Continue Reading →

The End of Newsfeed Distraction

Several weeks ago, I found myself once again mindlessly scrolling the Facebook Newsfeed with my thumb, glancing blankly at each passing post. I had opened the app for a specific reason but somehow got distracted, forgetting what I was there for. I'm sure you've heard of this habitual phenomenon before; it happens often. I got... Continue Reading →

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